“She shares my tent, she shares my bed. Her flesh is mine.”
Achilles, the greatest of the Achaean warriors, refuses to fight; angered that King Agamemnon has stolen his captive Trojan slave-girl, Briseis.
Drawn from The Iliad, and produced in collaboration with Ashtar Theatre from Palestine, Brian Woolland’s taut and poetic new play for Border Crossings brings together Homer’s Troy and the Middle East of today: worlds shaken by cycles of violence and revenge, by ambition and self-interest masquerading as idealism; worlds struggling towards any possibility of reconciliation.
Brian Woolland’s previous plays include: four for theatre-in education companies—Away Games and Streetwise in Paradise both toured in France, Germany and through the UK; Stand or Fall for Playing for Time, a theatre company which specialises in creating theatre in prisons; and A Terrible Madness for the Arts Academy, Ballarat, Australia. His previous play for Border Crossings, Double Tongue, was originally presented at the Old Red Lion, London. It was subsequently revived and toured in Hungary and England.